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Our Community
People of Action and People of Heart

The Horizons of Hope Families as Partners in Catholic School Communities Strategy Statement outlines the vision for family partnerships and engagement in a Catholic school.

The three major contexts in which children learn are the family, the school and the community. Families are the first educators of their children, and when the child moves beyond the earliest years, families are joined by a school on their child’s learning journey. This is when a long-term partnership between home and school begins.

In choosing a Catholic school, parents enter a partnership with the school in which there is shared privilege and responsibility for the child’s faith formation, learning and wellbeing.

‘When Catholic schools and families work together for the formation of all children, the school community is strengthened, and the whole of society benefits as a sense of ownership and belonging to community grows for children and young people, and for their families (Bryk et al. 2010).’

Families are honoured in a Catholic school community in three main ways:

  • Encounter through partnership – encounter happens when the sacred dignity of each person in the partnership is honoured, with each person learning alongside the other

  • Activating engagement – leaders, teachers, families and children each have a role to play to strengthen the relationship between school and home

  • Three-way learning relationship – parents, teachers and children come together in a three-way learning relationship to support the full flourishing of each and every child.


There are many ways in which community is lived in our school community, many ways for families to be part of the learning process and life of the school. As a small, close knit community, people genuinely support one another through many challenging and joyful times.

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“The parish is not principally a structure, a territory, or a building, but rather, ‘the family of God, a fellowship afire with a unifying spirit’, ‘a familial and welcoming home’, the ‘community of the faithful’. Plainly and simply, the parish is founded on a theological reality, because it is a Eucharistic community. This means that the parish is a community properly suited for celebrating the Eucharist, the living source for its upbuilding and the sacramental bond of its being in full communion with the whole Church.” John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, 1988, no. 26.


Our Lady of Fatima, Rosebud and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Dromana are our Parish and Church communities. 


Families, Catholic schools and parishes work together as partners in the spiritual formation and education of children and young people. Parents, supported by their parish communities, are the first, foremost and continuing educators of their children. The family is the first educative ‘school’ or ‘community’ to which they belong and in which they have their early formation in their Catholic faith. 

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School Advisory Council

The Board of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) has responsibility for the strategic direction and oversight of the operation and management of all MACS schools, including Our Lady of Fatima. Clear lines of authority, reporting and delegation from the MACS Board through the MACS Executive Director delegate the day to day operational management of Our Lady of Fatima to its principal.


In keeping with the objects of the MACS Constitution and Statement of Mission, which states “The good work of educating the young, undertaken in the light of the Gospel, is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community”, the School Advisory Council provides a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. While the School Advisory Council does not have governance responsibility or decision-making authority, it supports the principal and school leadership and provides an important connection to the parish.

Being a member of the newly formed Council in 2021-2022 is a great way to be part of a great community school and have a voice in the future directions and school improvement planning processes. We are guided by the MACS Working together in Mission Document.


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Parents and Friends Association

Our Lady of Fatima Parents and Friends Association (PFA) actively promotes the interests of the school through various fundraising, social and other activities to enrich the school community. We believe that involvement by parents and families within the school adds a wide range of benefits to the school students, staff and families.

The purpose and aims of the PFA within the community are to:

  • work in partnership with the Principal and staff

  • promote the benefits of family involvement in the education of children

  • welcome all new families into our community

  • support activities including fundraising activities as deemed relevant by the Principal and Leadership Team.


Engagement in Learning 

Family engagement in learning contributes to children’s wellbeing, learning and life chances. As schools partner with families, the sanctity of the family as primary educators of their child is honoured. All efforts are based on knowing the child and the family and supporting the family to engage in their child’s school-based learning. (Horizons of Hope)


By partnering with the school, families equally choose to commit to the highest standards possible for their child, and for every child in the school. This commitment is at the heart of the growth and strength of a flourishing Catholic school community.

Opportunities for families to engage in learning include coming to our Parent/Teacher meetings, Sacramental workshops, learning afternoons and nights, special school events such as Harmony Day celebrations and Cross Country. We also offer many wonderful family engagement activities through the year such as our Family Picnic, Mother's and Father's Day Special Breakfast, Christmas event, etc.


Giving Back

The Our Lady of Fatima second hand uniform shop is a designated space in the school where all freshly laundered second hand uniform pieces are available for $3.00 an item. Shop is open Tuesday from 3:15pm, Wednesday 8.30am, Thursday 3.15pm and Friday 3pm after assembly. Located in the school hall foyer.


All money goes back into supporting any families in need. Sometimes families experience loss or a hardship through a member of the family becoming sick and we always have meals and resources there to support them for as long as they need.

We have a very passionate and caring family members who run this for our community!

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Our Partnerships 
Our partnerships are the essential relationships with community that strengthen our work and support our local community.

eSmart School
ResourceSmart School (Sustainability Victoria)



Southern Peninsula
Food For all
Rosebud RSL
Rosebud Lions Club



St Vincent De Paul
Dolphin Research Institute (DRI)


Rosebud Toy Library
Lombok school partnership
St Joseph's Crib Point
Padua Rosebud LitSTEM

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